Dr. Rhea Haugseth
The ULSD Class of '77 was "special." While students, it was clearly evident that one of its members, Rhea Haugseth, would continue to shine. Her Auburn education (plus she was the pride of the Plainsmen cheerleading squad), work ethic (she moonlighted as a medical technologist for all four years of dental school, which is extremely difficult) and people skills (everyone who knows her, loves her infectious laugh) were sure signs of future success.
When her "formal" education in Alabama and Kentucky was behind her, she left for Oklahoma to serve as a staff dentist for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. During her time in that role, the recidivism rate dropped markedly. After her "time" was served, her enthusiasm and love of children took her to Cleveland, OH, to obtain specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Case Western Reserve. Her certificate in that discipline resulted in an associateship at a practice in Clearwater, FL, before beginning her own in Marietta, GA. She continues there, working to assure the good oral health of the children and adolescents of the area. Up the rungs of the ladder of success she climbed, for example (these are examples, not the full list):
- President 2010 Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (President twice - in the '80s and again from 2002–2004)
- Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry (President 2010)
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD President 2011–2012)
Boarded in her specialty, she serves as a clinical examiner and is its president for 2011. To assure she remains busy, she has served as the AAPD national spokesperson since '89. You may have seen her on TBS or CNN, heard her on the radio, or seen her name in print.
She's hard to track down, but if you want to find her, try a ULSD reception. She attends each one, if it doesn't conflict with her roles in pediatric or forensic dentistry organizations. The latter field is still another interest of hers. She spent time in New York after the World Trade Center Towers fell, where she worked as a member of D-MORT Region 4 Mass Disaster team. She also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Rhea, we respect and appreciate you for your many and varied contributions to the profession, the public and your friends. You are the best!